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Bank error gives Georgia teen $31k, who then promptly spends it

Posted Mar 28, 2014 by Sean Fraser
A bank in Hull, Ga., mistakenly deposited $31,000 into an 18-year-old's bank account. The teen then went on a shopping spree, and now could face prosecution.
A person is counting paper money.
A person is counting paper money.
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The First Citizen's Bank on U.S. Highway 29 in Hull received the deposit on March 7. The teller accidentally put the money into the account of the teen who had the same name as the rightful owner of the money, reports The Consumerist.
On March 17, the rightful owner called the bank to complain about where his money was. When tellers investigated, they found the error, but it was too late.
The teenager had already withdrawn $20,000 in cash and used his debit card for $5,000.
On March 18, the teen returned to the bank to withdraw more money, but was denied. The teller explained the situation and asked that he return all the money he had spent. However, the teen insisted that the money was from an inheritance he'd received from his grandmother.
Madison County sheriffs then went to the teen's home, where he again insisted the money was from his grandmother. Police insisted that he return the money, and the teen said he would as long as he could avoid jail.
However, the teen still has not returned to the bank, and officials at the bank told the Sheriff's Department that they are looking into prosecution.
No charges have been filed to date, according to Investigator Doug Martin, of the MCSD.